F. Murray Abraham in The Merchant of Venice at The Broad StageThe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (1310 11th St Santa Monica, CA 90401)
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The last date listed for The Merchant of Venice was Friday April 22, 2011 / 2:00pm (weekday matinee).
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Set in Hollywood over a 70-year period, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's pseudo-biographical comedy By the Way, Meet Vera Stark follows the life of a headstrong African-American actress who begins a career in the 1930s, at a time when her only shot at success lay in stealing small scenes in big Hollywood blockbusters. Seventy years later, film buffs reflect on the life and legacy of the controversial star, whose eventual fame and fortune came at the price of perpetuating dangerous stereotypes. Nottage artfully blends comedy and social commentary for a thoroughly entertaining yet thought-provoking picture of the cultural climate that shaped Vera Stark. Clever and illuminating, this show draws on screwball films of the 1930s and uses today's fascination with celebrity and controversy to get to the truth behind the legend, and reflect on who she might have been if she'd lived in a different time. Learn More
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carol fleischer on Information
Free and sufficient...park near the exit tho...
Goldstar Member on Information
Arrive early to get a space at the theater lot
Taylor on Information
Slightly less elaborate than normal theatre fare.
35 Goldstar Member Reviews
Written on Jul 01 2011
I have seen better productions of Merchant, but it was a thrill to see Abraham at work. In truth, I have also seen him give better performances, and therefor have very high standards for him. Even at less than his best, he is outstanding.
Written on Apr 27 2011
This may sound odd but the seats at the Broad are so cheap and uncomfortable that it took away from the enjoyment of this production.
Also I can't understand why people show up late for plays and then must disturb other viewers as well as the actors. I enjoyed the modern take on this play and thought all the cast were excellent. As we went to an afternoon production there was no problem with the parking. I doubt that we will return to the Broad for any other plays or performances because of the problem with the seats.
Written on Apr 26 2011
What a pleasure to see this Broadway calibre production in Santa Monica, California. F. Murray Abraham was superb. His final moment was right on the mark. A lesser talent might have ventured into the melodramatic. The cast was of equal talent and handled the language beautifully. John Lee Beatty and Linda Cho designed a clean, sleek, and stunning production. Director Tresnjak told the story clearly with a concise point of view. The lack of compassion displayed by the characters angered me and I found it interesting to see that it took two women dressed as men and a homosexual manservant to bring a pompous, self-riteous manly society to a resolution. Tragic and angering there was no mercy for Shylock.
Written on Apr 25 2011
Brilliant, modern staging. Murray Abraham is great.
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Quotes & Highlights
- “(The production creates a world) where wealth can never resolve inbuilt religious and racial tensions.” --The Guardian
Academy Award winner, F. Murray Abraham attacks the role of Shylock in this riveting update of the Bard’s darkest of comedies, where religion, race and sexuality collide with love, family and justice. The currency of society and humanity has never been so changeable in this Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned production, the first production by an American company to be invited to the RSC’s Complete Works Festival.